Up Close: Ryan Hnat

Up Close & Personal Art Explorer Ryan Hnat’s world isn’t flat, and neither is his artwork. His new exhibit at Afa Gallery is called “Plane Space,” and it’s anything but plain. The show moves beyond just a two-dimensional painting to a realm where flat surfaces don’t exist. It plays with geometry and physics to show a world full of textures,...

Up Close: Lisa Malsberger

Up Close & Personal The Business of Art Artist and business teacher Lisa Malsberger only opened her arts and crafts business, Tig and Cooney’s, last June, and she has already built herself a nice following on Etsy and landed a corporate Christmas order from Pittsburgh. So far, her business offers place-related coaster sets, personalized pillows and doggie...

Up Close: Mike Williams

Up Close & Personal Heavy Music Some people just can’t stay away from the music. Mike Williams was a founding member of And The Moneynotes nearly a decade ago and played with the band through their rise and ultimate amicable split. Initially satisfied with the band’s run, it could have been the end of the story for Williams, but music has a way of...

Up Close: Curt Parkins and James Hazen

Up Close & Personal Husband and Husband When Curt and James published their wedding announcement in the newspaper over the summer, they didn’t think it was a big deal. But they were paving the way for same-sex couples in our area. Now, they’re getting ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day for the first time as a married couple. But they say there’s...

Up Close: Aarika Whittle

Up Close and Personal No bones about it You may look at a dead raccoon and just see a carcass, but Aarika Whittle sees 300 potential pieces of unique, delicate jewelry. She has always collected animal bones, but it was only about a month ago that she turned it into a form of expression. That was the start of Whittle Bones, which offers a cruelty-free line of...

Up Close: Brian Rotherforth

Up Close & Personal Let There Be Snow   Surrounded by snow in sub-freezing temperatures outside the lodge at Montage Mountain, it’s easy to forget that the summer’s Lazy River attraction is buried nearly eight feet below. With only a few inches of natural snow on the ground outside the boundaries of the ski area, it’s a testament to the...

Up Close: Shannon Sharpe

Up Close & Personal Healthy and Hardcore Shannon Sharpe has been drumming for the hardcore band Wisdom in Chains since 2004, but don’t expect the typical crazy backstage party stories from this guy. Where some musicians might chug beers after a good show, Sharpe, 36, might be more likely found serving up a well-balanced plate of vegetarian cuisine, working...

Up Close: Jessica Siegfried

Up Close & Personal Dogged Determination When you think about pit bull merchandise, the words dainty, soft and sweet don’t usually come to mind. Pittie Chicks is trying to change that. Founder Jessica Siegfried started the online business out of love for the dogs, and because she felt like women pit bull lovers were being left out. Many of her designs have...

Up Close: Lauranel Banks

Fitness Fanatic Lauranel Banks has always made time in her life for fitness. Even when she had an office job as a graphic designer, she would still make sure to hit the gym floor to teach others how to be healthy. She decided to make her passion into a full-time career. Now, as Wellness Director of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, the fitness fanatic from Exeter...

Up Close: Maggie Mineo

Up Close & Personal Blossoming Businesswoman When you walk into The Daisy Collective, you get a sample of all of Maggie Mineo’s favorite things. The young owner hand-picked all of the items in the Scranton shop, from Free People clothing, to jewelry, artwork and even unique furniture that Maggie hand-painted herself. She opened the store on Ash Street in...